Such a moving piece of journalism after reading it I went looking for pics of Jet guns and was well impressed with your study. It is unfathomable what these people had to endure - if going to Vietnam wasn't enough......
These people are lucky to have you in their corner and I hope each and everyone of them gets the treatment they need.
They've been saying it for years but they couldn't prove it. The VA has always blamed them for doing drugs and getting it that way. Now we have collected lots of evidence. Now it's our turn.
I already disproved the drug scenario. You see, the VA doctors did a large study with thousands of Veterans. Anybody who got hepatitis and turned yellow got admitted to the hospital for one month. Over 500 got jaundiced and got admitted to the hospital. Out of that number, guess how many had signs of using IV drugs?
That's right, NONE....and they can't question the source because it was their own study.
The first time I heard about Veterans was during a support group meeting when a speaker said Veterans had a high rate of hep C and asked how we thought they'd gotten it. Nobody answered so I guessed and said battle wounds, unsterile instruments and transfusions and the speaker said , "PP No! It was IV drugs". I felt sorry for them, like I had to somehow defend them and said that had I been in the middle of a horrible war maybe I too would have done drugs.
My only excuse is that I knew nothing about Veterans back then. Faced with the same comment now, my answer would be very different.
P.S. At Xmas, my kids used to ask me what I wanted for a present. I always said, "A jet gun".and they laughed. I finally decided to get my own.